Police are urging residents to look after elderly and vulnerable members of the community following a distraction burglary in Foulridge.
A 95-year-old woman was targeted at around 3pm yesterday, when an offender has knocked on her door claiming he had come to check her plug sockets. He showed no credentials or ID, but entered the house and stole her purse.
He is described as a white man, in his 30s, who was wearing a blue type uniform with a badge on it.
There is a possibility he is linked to a white van, but this has not been confirmed.
Sgt Kim De Curtis said: “The address targeted is an obvious, elderly person’s house... these people are ruthless, they have no morals and will prey on the elderly and vulnerable.
“These victims are not on FB [Facebook]... they are trusting and take people at their word.
“It is mine and your responsibility to look out for these likely victims, your neighbour, your gran, mum, dad.
“Please educate them about answering the door and letting people in... tell them NOT TO.
“If a tradesman or utility person calls, they should already know they are coming. Tell them NOT to answer the door to cold callers.”
For more advice visit www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/home-safety-and-security/bogus-callers
Call 101 with information.